It all started off in Spring of 2013 when I was brought to my first convention. When I got home that day, I was so hyped. I needed my own costume. After finding out I was too poor to buy them pre-made, I decided to make them myself. It started off as a hobby but quickly became an addiction as I enjoy crafting so much. I have learnt so much over the past few years and there is so much more for me to learn!
All my spare time between work goes into something to do with cosplay whether it's learning new techniques, creating new builds. More recently I've teamed up with a bunch of cosplay lovers to create our own event completely focused on the art of cosplay. You can attend practice workshops and panels for a whole day and a bit. Check it out at www.cosxpo.com!
When did you start cosplaying and how did you get into all this?
I literally get asked this in all interviews. I was first introduced to comic con by a friend in May 2013. I got a little too excited about all of the costumes I really wanted to own something cool myself. As soon as I got home, I started looking up how I could by an Iron Man suit. It turns out it cost a shit tonne (£3k) and I was poor AF. I've spoken to a few people at the convention and as I understand, a lot of people are in the same boat and they ended up making their own costumes.I thought "if so many people are making costumes of characters that they adore, how hard could it possibly be?".
I was wrong. It was very hard. After about a month of hard core research, I finally got the courage to start my my first build; Iron Man MK 4ish 6. Since then, I improved on the costume for a couple more iterations, got bored of that costume and started making another... then another... and another one. That's how I ended up here today!
Do you take commissions?
Short answer: Rarely.
Long answer: For me, it's too much pressure to completely something. For my own costumes, there are many imperfections which I can easily hide in photos. Imperfections with commissions may mean unhappy customer and I don't really want to be dealing with this shit.
Commissions could also take the fun out for me. I cosplay the characters because I feel passionate about it. Spending months on something that I don't enjoy could take a huge toll on my motivation and could potentially affect the quality of the final work. If you would still like me to give you a quote on a commission, don't let this discourage you; drop me a line with some photos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are you making next?I don't ever plan ahead! I usually just build whatever fancies my tickle at the time. Once I start a project, I tend to focus and finish it as oppose to starting 3 or 4 different projects at once. You can keep up to date with my progress on my social media.
Do you have any advice for people starting out in cosplay?
Yeah, stop whining and get started.I consistently hear people talking about how they don't know where to start and getting overwhelmed by everything. If you want to make something, g-o-o-g-l-e it. The chances are someone has already made something similar before you.
I also hear how they're going to make something and how they have detail plans of each component of the costume. I keep waiting and waiting because what they described sounded so exciting with no results. 9 months later when I meet the person again and asked about the progress, they make up all kinds of excuses with no progress at all. It's not like they even attempted to make anything at all. They spent all that time planning and planning and in the end, it doesn't even matter. I could literally make a baby in 9 months! Well, to be perfectly honest, it only takes me 15-26 seconds depending on the weather outside.
What convention will you be going to next?
This information can be found in the home page. I can't really afford to travel to many conventions on my own unless I've been invited by the convention organisers. My day job funds my cosplay addition and I spend all my money on tools and materials. If you would like me to attend your local convention, contact the organisers and ask them to give me a ping on Facebook or email me at email@example.com.
What's your favourite cosplay?
Every cosplay is my favourite at that point in time. Since there's always so much to learn, I've tried something new in every one of them. At the end of the build, I'm always surprised at how I was able to cobble it together which makes me super proud of each creation.
I don't ever plan ahead! I usually just build whatever fancies my tickle at the time. Once I start a project, I tend to focus and finish it as oppose to starting 3 or 4 different projects at once. You can keep up to date with my progress on my social media.